Winter is sneaking up on us; meanwhile, I’m snuggled up with some goat cheese and a flute of sparkling wine, maybe even a pint of ice cream on a rough day. I change my mind about the cheese and wine—hand over the ice cream. But like a beacon of hope, three of my favorite NorCal-based specialty producers come galloping in to save me from the woes of indulgence. It’s Laura Chenel, Domaine Carneros, and Humphry Slocombe, teaming up to bring me everything I’ve ever dreamed of served on a silver platter. The collaboration ushers in an exclusive new flavor for the San Francisco ice creamery’s November edition of its 2019 Classic Cocktail Series.
“Wine and Cheese Ice Cream celebrates the Bay Area’s terroir and craft with iconic Laura Chenel goat cheese from Sonoma County and the Carneros-based Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir, which are sure to be an outstanding combination with Humphry Slocombe’s expertise,” says Laura Chenel CEO Eric Barthome.
The collaboration flavor is part of a year-long boozy series showcasing flavors inspired by classic cocktails. This creation features Laura Chenel Original Chef’s Chevre® ice cream with swirls of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir sorbet mixed in—a combination that instantly transports you to wine country. This is the creamery’s first flavor collaboration with Laura Chenel, and the third flavor collaboration with Domaine Carneros, the others being Cherry Fizz in 2018 and Rosé all Day Sorbet in 2017.
“With all due respect to peanut butter and chocolate, I think wine and cheese is the original ‘two great flavors that taste great together’ and that in the form of ice cream is unique and delicious,” says Jake Godby, Co-Founder and Chef at Humphry Slocombe.
According to a press release, Laura Chenel Original Chef’s Chevre is the smooth, creamy go-to goat cheese for chefs nationwide. Handcrafted with fresh goat milk from family-owned farms in the American West and boasting better digestibility than cow’s milk cheese, Laura Chenel Chef’s Chevre has the classic tangy flavor of fresh goat cheese with a spreadable texture that’s perfect for melting into sauces and whipping into cheesecake or—in this case—ice cream.
“I am a huge fan of dessert and working with Humphry Slocombe over the years has been a great excuse to indulge my weakness and share it with our loyal fans,” states Eileen Crane, CEO of Domaine Carneros. “I’m particularly excited about the daring quality of this new flavor. We grow multiple clones of Pinot Noir on all our single vineyards and this promises to be a sheer delight.”
Humphry Slocombe is famous for churning out unusual and creative flavor collaborations with high-profile brands such as Emmy-winning show Queer Eye (Cookies + Graham); Virgin Atlantic (Butter by Moonlight with brown butter and blueberry glaze); San Francisco Brewing Co. (Dynasty Stout); and Chef Melissa King and Whole Foods Market (Mango Mojito). Its signature flavor, Secret Breakfast, features bourbon ice cream with cornflakes.
Starting November 4, Wine and Cheese Ice Cream is available by the scoop and in hand-packed pints at all Humphry Slocombe shops, including the Ferry Building and Mission District shops in San Francisco, The Hive in Oakland, and the College Avenue shop in Berkeley. Look for it by the pint at the Domaine Carneros chateau, and online at GoldBelly.
Laura Chenel, Domaine Carneros, and Humphry Slocombe, I salute you. Keep reading us at Deli Market News as we uncover the most innovative developments in the industry.